The battles our veterans face often continue when they come home. We must uphold our responsibility to take care of our veterans when they return. That means making sure they have access to good paying jobs and high-quality healthcare, and that starts with eliminating the back log at the VA so that no veteran has to wait to get the benefits they deserve.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig released the following statement on her vote to override the President’s veto of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig urged Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller to extend the TRICARE reinstatement period for veterans in Minnesota and across the country to ensure that retirees and their family members are able to maintain coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 275,000 Americans. For the first time since the program was implemented in 2018, TRICARE enrollees are required to pay cost-sharing fees by January 1st, 2021 in order to maintain their coverage. While Rep.
This week, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig and 232 colleagues sent a letter urging the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) to address the growing backlog of veterans’ service records. Due to the significant reduction of staffing and services during the COVID-19 pandemic, veterans across the country have been waiting months to receive the records they need to access the benefits they have earned. The letter asks the NPRC to implement new policies so that they may resume processing military personnel, health and medical records requests.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig announced that two employers in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District are receiving recognition from the U.S. Department of Labor. Boy’s Electric and Huot Construction & Services have been selected as awardees as part of the HIRE Vets Medallion Program which encourages businesses large and small to hire our nation’s veterans.
Earlier this year, Rep. Craig voted for $500,000 in funds for the HIRE Vets Medallion Program in the FY 2021 appropriations package. You can learn more about the program here.
Today, U.S. Rep Angie Craig released the following statement in honor of Veteran’s Day.
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, and Representatives Jim Hagedorn (MN-01), Angie Craig (MN-02), Dean Phillips (MN-03), Betty McCollum (MN-04), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Tom Emmer (MN-06), Collin Peterson (MN-07), and Pete Stauber (MN-08) sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara Barrett, urging the Administration to maintain the size of the C-130 fleet while making the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig toured the future route of the Veterans Memorial Greenway in Eagan and Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. This 5-mile, accessible paved route through scenic Dakota County landscapes is expected to feature several memorials that will be designed and built in partnership with veterans’ organizations. It will also connect the surrounding neighborhoods to Lebanon Hills Regional Park and the existing Mississippi River Greenway.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, Jr. asking them to urgently set aside political games and prioritize delivering mail, including prescription drugs to America’s veterans.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig has authored and pushed for improvements in health care and mental health services for veterans. Her efforts were included in today’s passage of the FY2021 appropriations bill containing funding for Military Construction & Veterans Affairs and Department of the Interior.
U.S. Rep. Craig had two critical amendments included in today’s bipartisan passage of the National Defense Administration Act (NDAA). The first is a $30 million increase in support services for active duty Army families. The bill also includes Craig’s bipartisan Seeding Rural Resilience Act, which would increase rural mental health services.